Finally- I finalized my playlist for the DJ today! My DJ will read the letter I wrote fo...
One of the many things Patrick and I have in common is a shared love of music. Somewhere in every conversation between us will be a reference to an artist, lyric, genre, mood, or song title almost guaranteed.
Because of this, it has been very hard to decide on what music we want to incorporate in our ceremony.
So many things to still consider- what became a gigantic help was our choice of a DJ... he created a packet and questionnaire for us that completely outlined the ceremony, reception, dances, toasts, prelude, postlude, our favorite type and least favorite type of music, songs or styles of music to avoid, what if any- songs we wanted to dance to as a group, etc.
When considering your wedding music, here are some things to consider as I've learned along the way so far in my wedding planning:
Yes it's YOU and your FH's day, BUT consider your guests and the fact that they will be celebrating with you as well.
1. Consider your logistics and theme. Is your wedding traditional? Formal or casual? inside or outside? ultra modern or vintage/retro?The music you choose should match your overall wedding style during the ceremony, and after at your reception have a mixed selection of choices that will ensure everyone enjoys the day with you.
2. Sure you want to dance, but "Top hits " should be vetted with your DJ long before your reception is in full swing. This is not time to party like a rockstar at the club. Music that may offend your elderly guests or that is not appropriate for young guests/children is a big NO-NO.
Your guage for what is considered appropriate would be music that does not contain profanity or lewd subject matter.. (Your wedding is not be the time to play your favorite Nikki Minaj and Drake hits)
3. Your dance with your Hubby. Awwww...that sentimental moment where the 2 of you look lovingly in each other's eyes and dance to your song. Choose something that has meaning for the 2 of you and will add to your special day.
4. Don't overdo it with solos throughout your ceremony. I know I've been to a couple weddings where it seemed like the bride's entire church choir individually got up to sing a solo. Don't make your ceremony overly long with a million songs.. trust me, your guests will appreciate it and your maids will thank you for not having them standing too long in those oh-so-cute shoes that are probably KILLING their feet! LOL.
5. Listen to lots of music before your big day and keep a music journal of songs you love. During your cocktail hour, or while guests are waiting to be seated, play your favorite love songs or a nice playlist of your favorite soft jazz artist..
6. Opt for live orchestral music such as someone to play the cello, violin, harp or some type of wind instrument for a romantic affect to your special day